Showing posts with label activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label activities. Show all posts

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Task Card Activities in the Classroom



Why should a teacher use task cards in the classroom?


 Task cards have so many purposes, and can be used in a variety of ways. 



  • Engaging
    Instructional designers often implement visual effects to make the product more kids friendly and appealing.


  • Reusable and eco-friendly

   When task cards are printed out, cut and laminated, they can be used from year to year. This lessens the paper load of print-outs to only student recording sheets, if they are needed.

  •  Focus 

   Instead of having many questions on one page, students focus on one question that is printed out on the task card. For many students, this makes the learning process easier.

   This task card paper can be cut into 2 questions and with two awards cards for the teacher to give to students.




  • Individual work


   Let's say that a student needs more practice on a specific area. He or she can 
then work independently on a particular skill using task cards and a recording device.


  •  Conversations

  Students can talk about the topic at hand during a quiet conversation. Speaking about the subject matter helps to guide student understanding. A small group format makes it easier for those learners who might not normally speak in a large class environment.


  •  Cooperative group learning 

   Learners can work together in small cooperative groups of 4 to 5 members. A class of 25 learners could be studying in five task card groups.

   For example, small groups of five students could each be reading about a member of the animal kingdom. In The Fouke Monster, students examine the evidence of what is known from the science community to townspeople sightings of an "unknown creature".                                                            


                                                         Group One



Group Two



Group Three



Group Four


                                                         Group Five




  •    Monitoring 
   A teacher can easily walk around the room to monitor how learners are doing with recording device in hand. Do your students cooperate well in a group? Are they just socializing? Do they seem confused? Is one student dominating the conversation? This makes it easier for a teacher to find out who works well in a group, and what social skills might need to be achieved.


  •  Whole group learning or game 
   Task cards can be used in a whole group learning environment as an instructional tool or even as a game.

  •  Easy to Implement
    The passages and comprehension questions have all been created. Just print and go. Often, recording sheets are included in the packet.



   When setting up your classroom, try using a variety of task cards. Task cards are a wonderful tool that can be used for a multitude of  purposes. Most of all, task cards can be fun!





Friday, February 8, 2019

18 Winter Learning and Teaching Ideas



18 Winter Learning and Teaching Ideas

Got the winter blahs? Looking for some new teaching ideas to inspire your students? Well, bring on the snowflakes and flurries with these amazing ideas.

1. Fine Motor Skills
https://earlylearningideas.com/winter-fine-motor-activities/

Work on fine motor skills with these winter craft ideas, from Marshmallow Letter activities and Hammering into Ice  to sorting in a sensory bin.                                                                                                                                                 
2. Sensory Play Learning
https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/winter-activities-for-kids-winter-sensory-play-learning/

Gotta try Snowflake Slime and Hot Chocolate Scented Cloud Dough!

3. Winter Books and Crafts
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/01/25-winter-books-and-crafts-for-kids.html

A nice selection of winter books along with matching crafts to do.

4. Winter Science Experiments
https://lemonlimeadventures.com/must-try-winter-science-experiments-for-kids/

Snow Volcanoes? Snow storm in a Jar? Biology of Bread? Find it here for primary grades.

5. Winter Solstice Activities
https://carrotsareorange.com/winter-solstice-activities-for-kids/

Try Classic Medallion Snowflakes, Orange Bird Feeder, and reading some winter books.

6. Winter Storytelling Activities
https://nurturestore.co.uk/storytelling-activities

Make a Fairy Land, Make your own Ice Palace, Learn to Read with Speech Bubbles are just of few of these activities made to inspire imagination and play.

7. STEM Activities
https://leftbraincraftbrain.com/28-days-of-stem-activities-and-steam-activities-for-kids/

Indoor Soil Science and Engineering Challenge, Explore Force & Motion with STEAM Activities, Homemade Pan Flutes and more.

8. Learn about Arctic Animals
https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/arctic-animals-9-learning-activities/

Arctic Animals Camouflage, Arctic animal identification, Blubber experiment to learn about Arctic animal adaptations and other fun ideas to try.

9. Winter Observation Journal
https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/looking-for-signs-of-winter-after/

10. Free Winter Printables
http://cottonridgehomeschool.com/2014/02/21/winter-themed-educational-activities-for-kids-free-printables/

11. 55 Winter Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids
https://tipjunkie.com/winter-olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/

Ski Jump 3-d Art, Balloon Hockey, Luge Marble Track Race Indoor Game, Tacky the Penguin and the Winter Math Games, Winter Sports Writing, free printables, and other original ideas for indoor learning and play.

12. Winter Terrarium
http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/winter-wonderland-terrarium/

13. Investigate Winter Weather
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=62

Click winter storm activities for lesson plans on investigating the weather.

14. Winter Themed Classroom Ideas
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/winter-theme-gradesK-5.html

The Shadow Knows I, Hibernation Worksheet, Daylight Savings Time, Ping-Pong Avalanches, Extreme Cold Prevention Guide,Starry Night Education and other ideas for elementary grades.

15. Winter Learning Packets
https://www.mcas.k12.in.us/winter

 Elementary, Middle and High School student packets to promote academic success during winter break. Great idea for an intervention tool or homework idea.

16. Pre K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide (for winter, too)
https://www.plt.org/curriculum/environmental-education-activity-guide/

Apply for a grant for project funding or attend a training for the teaching materials.

17. Lists and Rules of Olympic sports
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Sports/Olympics.pg_01.html

18. Snowy Day Winter Lessons
https://www.teachhub.com/snowy-day-winter-lesson-ideas

Precipitation-Inspired Problems, Weather's Effect on History, Snowy Prose: Snow Day Adventure Story, Snowy Poetry and more.






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